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ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - There are large thematic ambitions to "Golden Boy," a new CBS series that tries to deepen the typical procedural with dysfunctional-family intrigue and police-department politics. But as the show shoots an episode at a corner pub in downtown Manhattan, more immediate concerns press in. There is a female detective in a pantsuit who must throw a suspect to the ground, and a man dressed in a cook's uniform who must be thrown. The actress, Bonnie Somerville, pursues the man from the pub's kitchen into the street, trailed closely by the 28-year-old British newcomer Theo James (playing the titular "Golden Boy")
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NATIONAL
November 24, 2012 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Where many saw tragedy for New Yorkers still homeless from Superstorm Sandy over the Thanksgiving holiday, others apparently saw opportunity. Adding to the woes of those who live on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens - where the storm killed eight people and destroyed more than 100 homes - thieves burglarized at least three residences in a Breezy Point neighborhood last week, police confirmed Saturday. Many of those who survived Sandy have been staying with friends, family or at relief shelters during the week and returning to the Rockaways on weekends to pick up what remains of their lives.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Federal agents Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man in Manhattan who authorities said planned to detonate what he thought was a massive bomb outside the New York Federal Reserve Bank building . The man, who was identified as Quazi Mohammad Reswanul Ahsan Nafis, claimed to have ties to Al Qaeda and was in New York trying to recruit people, according to a complaint. According to a statement released by the FBI, Nafis entered the United States on a student visa in January 2012 but his real purpose was to wage "jihad," or holy war. Unbeknownst to him, one of the people he tried to recruit was an FBI source, who met with Nafis several times through the summer and into the fall, the statement said.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A New York police officer, responding to reports of a robbery at a neighborhood food store, accidentally killed an unarmed worker fleeing the robbery, police said Friday. The shooting in the Bronx was the latest involving a New York officer and civilians. Late last month, two police officers wounded nine bystanders while apprehending a gunman who had killed a former co-worker near the Empire State Building in Manhattan. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called the Bronx shooting a tragic accident.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Perhaps proving that nothing incites suspicion among New Yorkers quite like a public display of affection, artist and furniture designer Takeshi Miyakawa was placed under arrest this weekend for setting up illuminated "I Love New York" displays in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The pieces consisted of a battery-powered flashlight stuffed into a plastic bag with the familiar "I Love NY" logo on it, which were then dangled from a wire in public spaces. The first piece was found dangling from a tree on Friday morning and reported by a caller as a suspicious package.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
More than five years have passed since New York police officers rained 50 bullets upon Sean Bell and two friends the day before Bell's wedding, killing the would-be bridegroom. On Friday, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly fired Det. Gescard Isnora and fellow detectives Marc Cooper and Michael Oliver, and Lt. Gary Napoli will resign, after a department administrative trial that found they acted improperly that night in November 2006, the Associated Press reported . NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said: “There was nothing in the record to warrant overturning the decision.” The detectives and lieutenant were widely condemned and brought up on criminal charges after the shooting outside the club in Queens, but they were acquitted on all counts after a trial in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At first hearing, it sounds like an instant entry in the history of bad ideas: Take one of literature's most confounding, Baroque and at times abstract novelists and turn his books into TV, a medium that honors the literal and straightforward. And do it — probably at great expense — over and over again. On closer inspection, the pairing of David Milch — whose "Deadwood" and "NYPD Blue" took television about as close to art film as it's likely to get — with William Faulkner, author of some of the most profound and important American novels — may be so crazy it could actually work.
NATIONAL
October 13, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Wall Street protesters were preparing Thursday for a confrontation with authorities who are expected to enforce new rules in the Lower Manhattan park where the demonstrators have been camped out for almost a month. The protesters were told to clear out while Brookfield Office Properties Inc., the owner of Zuccotti Park, power-washes the area Friday morning. But company representatives — accompanied by police — handed out leaflets Thursday notifying the protesters that they could return only if they abide by new rules, which include no tents, tarps or sleeping bags on the ground, no lying on benches and no storing of personal property on the ground.
NATIONAL
May 19, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Los Angeles Times U.S. government tactics in pursuing domestic terrorism cases target and entrap Muslim community members and fail to enhance public safety, according to a report released Wednesday by a human rights center at New York University's law school. The government's use of surveillance, paid informants and invented terrorism plots prompts human rights concerns, according to the report by NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. The authors examined three high-profile cases in New York and New Jersey that they said raised questions about the role of the FBI and New York Police Department in creating the perception of a homegrown terrorism threat.
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